Animals and Nature - Vitae – A Photographic Journey

A skilled hawk hides its talons - Japanese proverb

Juvenile Crested goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus)

The crested goshawk is a bird of prey from tropical Asia. It breeds in southern Asia, from India and Sri Lanka to southern China, Indonesia and the Philippines. It is primarily a lowland bird, and an all-year resident. Even in upland habitat it is resident in winter, for example in the Himalayas foothills of Bhutan or in Sal (Shorea robusta) forest in India's Dehradun district. In these lands at the northern end of its range, it is generally very rare however. Essentially it is limited to tropical and warm subtropical areas.
Like its relatives, this secretive forest bird hunts birds, mammals and reptiles in woodland, relying on surprise as it flies from a perch to catch its prey unaware. It builds a stick nest in a tree and lays two or three eggs.

This young hawk was still learning the ropes. Already left on its own to fend for itself, it would feast on nearby mice, mynahs and snakes. Still not very stable in flight, it was seen hopping around on the ground chasing after its food. When mature and more experience, it would behave like a typical raptor, and perched high in the tree, relying on surprise and speed to pounce on its prey.

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